Fitness for Duty Examinations for New Employees
A fitness for duty examination is a test to know if a person is medically able to perform the job or return to the job. This exam is often taken by newly hired applicants and existing employees who have missed time from work because of injuries and the like.
Fit duty evaluation is a good way to filter the pile of applications in the employer’s desk. It separates those who are physically, emotionally, and psychologically able to perform the task from those who are not. This separation is necessary to reduce the number of on the job injuries, unwarranted worker compensation due to the injuries, reduction of productivity in the workplace, and employee turnovers. It ensures that your work force is efficient and free from risks.
But fitness for duty examinations can only be conducted if there is already a job offer to the applicant. One of the tests can be very physical. The scope of this kind of test is in relation to the physical demands of the job. The applicant may be required to perform or at least show that he is physically fit to execute the tasks involved in the job position. The tasks may involve lifting, pushing, and pulling heavy materials, knowing the proper sitting and standing positions to minimize risks in the job, and other physical representations of the position he is applying to.
The applicant may also be subject to a Mental Status Exam, Personality Test, and other kinds of examination that involve his emotional and psychological state. This is because these states are also important factors in getting the job done.
Even if the applicant has already passed these tests, he may still be subject to more medically inclined tests and bodily assessments like fat index, weight index, and other quantifiable data.
Is it fair to have fitness for duty examinations? Yes, because they help you avoid jobs that you are not medically able to do, preventing injuries and other possible damages. They also help potential employers because they minimize unnecessary injury compensations and employee turnovers.